I was just reading something that I thought was worth posting.
My buddy and fellow roofer, Stefan, pulled a book of his bookshelf and bestowed it to me as a birthday gift. I feel like I have found a hidden treasure. I can't help but wonder if men like Martin Lloyd Jones, and Charles Spurgeon were reading and learning from this book, as their writtings seem to reflect this.
The book is entitled, The Poor Man's Morning and Evening, and was written by a puritan named Robert Hawker. It is outlined much the same was as Spurgeons Morning and Evening, with two "short" devotions a day. The book is much larger than Spurgeons, however, and requires slightly more purpose and intent in reading it.
Just to salt your oats, here are parts of the February 4th morning devotion..
""The Comforter that should relieve my soul is far from me." Lam I. 16
Whence is it, my soul, that those distressing thoughts arise? Pause, and inquire. Is the Holy Ghost, the Comforter, indeed withdrawn, when Jesus, they Jesus, sweetly and graciously promised that he should abide for ever? This cannot be. Is the righteousness of Jesus less; or hath his blood to atone and cleanse, lost its efficacy? Oh no! Jesus' righteousnes, and Jesus' all-atoning propitiation, like the almighty Auther of both, must be eternally and everlastingly the same; 'yesterday, and to-day, and forever;'
Hath God thy Father forgotten to be gracious? Oh no! God thy Father proclaimed from heaven that he is well pleased for his dear Son's righteousness' sake; and never, never, shall a word gone out of the Lord's mouth be altered.
From whence then, my soul, is the leanness, thy fears, and despondency? Canst thou not discover? Oh, yes! It is all in thyself, and thy unbelieving fram; thou art looking to thyself, and not to all-precious Jesus! ... Can anything be more plain, than that thou art making a part savious of thy feelings, and not a whole Savior of they Jesus?"
Also check out David Crowder's new album, Collision. It is great... "I saw the light.. I saw the light..."